With so many beautiful natural features and a culture that is famous around the world, it is no wonder that Ireland has become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, particularly among American visitors with family roots in the country. There is no shortage of articles (including on this website) that give you the lowdown on what to see when you’re in Ireland, and when you should go there, so in this article, we’re going to take a different approach. This is your essential guide to sightseeing in Ireland. We aim to highlight a few of the small practical factors that you may not otherwise think about until you’ve arrived in the country.
The biggest thing to consider when planning your sightseeing in Ireland is how you will get around. Outside of Dublin (and even inside the city in some cases), public transport in Ireland is relatively poor. There can be long waits for buses, trains only serve a limited part of the country, and some small villages just don’t have any public transport at all. This means that unless you stay in Dublin or Cork for your entire trip (we highly recommend that you get out into the Irish countryside), you’re going to be renting a car at some point. Make sure that you consider the cost of this when you’re budgeting for the trip.
Ireland is also a relatively expensive country to be in, even by European standards. The cost of shopping, eating out and drinking is quite high. It is possible to make some savings if you self-cater and plan in advance, but again, it’s essential to plan and budget carefully here, so you don’t end up with any nasty surprises after you’ve arrived on your trip. A little bit of planning will ensure a pleasant stay.